The 6-foot, 170-pound Rios, at one time a Boise State commit, still doesn't have an offer from the Irish, but he is hoping that chances very soon since Irish assistant Mike Denbrock was in to see him Monday, and left with a bunch of game film.
"Coach Denbrock he came through Fresno to see (Notre Dame commit) Tee (Shepard) and he saw Marcus at the high school and they sat for about 40 minutes," said Richard Rios, Marcus' dad." It was a good conversation. According to his coach, they were impressed with his character, and the type of kid that he is, and that they tentatively set up a visit for Dec. 16."
But since Rios, who is the 17th-rated cornerback in the 2012 class, plans to graduate early and enroll in January (UCLA would be in March), he doesn't have much time to wait.
The hope is Notre Dame makes a quick decision, and lets him know before he heads to campus for his visit.
"They haven't had a chance to fully evaluate his senior film," Richard Rios said. "They'll probably send out their defensive backs coach next week and he'll probably work out for him."
Richard Rios said his son likes the Irish a lot and he is looking forward to his trip to campus, but there isn't much more he can do unless an offer comes through.
"It's kind of where the process is," the elder Rios said. "They were in love with the junior film and they have senior film, and they need to (come in) and see him."
As a senior, Rios made 58 tackles and had two interceptions as the Wolfpack went 8-4.